translated by Christopher Hampton
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
Dr Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town which is about to establish itself as a spa. When his brother conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to a public meeting - only to be shouted down and reviled as 'an enemy of the people'. Ibsen's explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held beliefs of the masses.
Christopher Hampton's version of Ibsen's classic was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1997.